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Rita M. Wray, 62, of Danville, passed away Monday, June 26, 2017, at her home.
She was born Aug. 28, 1954, in Hugoton, Kan., the daughter of Loren A. and Wilma R. Schechter.

Rita was a 1972 graduate of Hugoton High School, followed by a short stint at Sterling College in Sterling, Kan., before she married fellow student Paul E. Bench. They lived in Dubuque, Iowa, Brookings, S.D., Tridelphia W.Va,, Bellefonte, Wellsboro, and Watsontown, before divorcing.
In 1997, Rita received her associates degree in office information systems from Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. While enrolled, Rita fell in love with her accounting professor, Gideon J. Wray, and they were married Oct. 18, 1998, and settled in Danville. Rita went on to work as a secretary for the federal government and then in HR for the Shikellamy School District.
Rita enjoyed spending time with her beloved pets, reading, gardening, sewing, scrapbooking, and doting on her grandson.

Rita was preceded in death by her husband Gideon, who passed away in 2010; and her brother, Michael R. Schechter, who passed away in 2016.
She is survived by five Schechter brothers, Hal, Jack, Rex, Ron, and Tom, and their families, as well as by her daughter, Michaela R. Bowers, son-in-law, Russ, grandson, Zeke, and soon-to-be-born granddaughter.

A celebration of Rita's life will be held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday July 8, at Stonington Baptist Church, 2113 Hosta Road, Paxinos, with the Rev. J. Douglas Hallman Sr. officiating.
Private burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorial contributions may include registering to be an organ donor and/or monetary donations to PSC Partners (http://pscpartners.org/donate/), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing education and support to Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis (PSC) patients, families and caregivers and to raising funds to research causes, treatments and cures for this rare disease. Rita and her mother both succumbed to this debilitating liver disease, and Rita found comfort, support, and commiseration from PSC Partners.
Published on June 29, 2017
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